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2019 Patricia Stocking Brown Research Award Recipients Named

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 30, 2019) - The University Libraries at the University at Albany, SUNY today presented the 2019 Patricia Stocking Brown Research Awards to University at Albany graduate student Elizabeth Horning and undergraduate student Joshua Levine.


A first year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, School of Education, Ms. Horning received $500 for her research on Dr. Alice Green. This project, initially created by Ms. Horning for her senior Capstone project in History under the supervision of Dr. Laura Wittern-Keller, examines the interdisciplinary education of the Albany-based, social justice advocate Dr. Green and her professional activism. As a graduate student, Ms. Horning is revising this project for publication and presentation opportunities and potentially expanding it to include other contemporaneous New York activists with education backgrounds.

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From left to right:

Dr. Laura Wittern-Keller, Elizabeth Horning, Dr. Richard Hamm, Joshua Levine, Dr. Michitake Aso

A senior History major who is currently enrolled in the combined BA/MA program, Mr. Levine received $100 for his research on desegregation in Albany schools in the mid-20th century. This project was created as part of the Department of History's Senior Honors Thesis Seminar. Professors Michitake Aso and Richard Hamm of the Department of History serve as faculty advisors. Mr. Levine expects to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2019 and his Master of Arts degree in May 2020.

The annual Award honors Professor Patricia Stocking Brown, who taught Biology and Women's and Minorities' Studies for 35 years at nearby Siena College. Trained at the University of Michigan in comparative endocrinology, and a self-described feminist, Patricia Stocking Brown was the first female faculty member in the sciences at Siena. There she established an extraordinary career as a caring and rigorous teacher and researcher who promoted student research, feminist analytical thinking, and evidence-based medicine. Brown was the wife of University at Albany Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology Emeritus Stephen C. Brown.

Professor Patricia Stocking Brown died in 2004 from metastatic breast cancer. The University at Albany Libraries' Department of Special Collections & Archives holds Brown's papers along with those of the grassroots nonprofit Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!), which she co-founded in 1997, and the New York State Breast Cancer Network, a coalition of grassroots breast cancer groups around the state, she co-founded soon after.

Donors from the University at Albany's Women's Studies and Biology Departments, including Professor of Women's Studies Emerita Bonnie Spanier, established The Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries to support and promote students' interest in and use of primary materials related to the study of social justice, housed in the Department of Special Collections & Archives. Award applicants must be a registered University at Albany graduate or undergraduate student and currently engaged in or planning a research project/class paper related to social justice. Awardees must utilize at least one manuscript or archival collection at the University as part of their research.

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